The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new round of Village SOS funding – totalling £4million – to support rural community enterprises across the UK. Through Village SOS grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 will be available for projects in rural villages or small rural towns with fewer than 3,000 people. Organisations that can apply for funding include Voluntary and community groups or organisations as well as parish, town or community councils, provided local residents have clearly shaped the project. Examples of the type of projects supported through the previous Village SOS funding round include the Barford and Wramplingham Community Shop, South Norfolk, which received a grant of £29,980 to set up and run a community shop which will be based in leased premises of the newly re-opened village pub; and Laneshaw Bridge Community Enterprise in Pendle who received a grant of £29,066 to create a community hub, including a village shop, tearoom, post office outreach service and internet cafe. This enterprise will sustain itself from the income generated from the services provided and reinvest this back into community projects. Communities that have already received funding from Village SOS should not apply for funding during this round.
Applications should be submitted against one of three assessment rounds with the final deadline being 2pm on the 12th September 2012….
Lynne Maddocks Community Engagement Officer Aylesbury Vale District Council